Personality, Machiavellianism and Cyberloafing in Employees

Author: Maria Zafar

Supervisor: Zahira Mubashar

Degree: BS

Year: 2012-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


Internet Usage is increasing day by day all over the world. The internet has become an ever more espousal feature of today’s work life at individual and organization level. The present research was conducted to investigate relationship in personality, machiavellianism and cyberloafing in employees of information technology companies. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a relationship in personality, machiavellianism and cyberloafing; personality and machiavellianism are likely to predict cyberloafing in employees. Correlational research design was used. The sample comprised of 200 employees from information technology companies of Lahore and Rawalpindi, Pakistan. For assessment, HEXACO-Personality Inventory-Revised (Lee & Ashton, 2004), Machiavellian Personality Scale (Dahling et al., 2009) and Cyberloafing Scale (Blau et al., 2006) were used. Pearson product moment correlation, hierarchal regression and independent samples t-test were applied for analyses. Results of correlational analysis showed that personality and machiavellianism are positively correlated with cyberloafing. Furthermore results showed that personality and machiavellianism are predictors of cyberloafing. Findings have shown that there is no significant difference in personality, machiavellianism and cyberloafing on the basis of gender. Results have important implications for IT companies, where internet is a basic necessity, to design policies and to block certain websites which lead to cyberloafing especially interactive cyberloafing and non-work e-mail related cyberloafing.

Keywords: Personality, Machiavellianism, Cyberloafing.

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